There’s obviously something wrong with hockey when Jason Ward’s lack of ice time is the sexiest topic of the day around the Rangers.
Believe me, I usually appreciate hockey’s relatively bland culture, especially since I know plenty of sports reporters who’ve been forced to cultivate longstanding relationships with police officers and lawyers.
But c’mon, Jason Ward? Can’t we at least make stuff up?
Anyway, a brief refresher: as you know, Ward was a healthy scratch on Saturday against the Bruins, and will be one again tonight against the Devils. Frustrated for obvious reasons, he expressed as much to one of my counterparts, which appeared online today. Compounding matters was the fact that Renney and Ward had yet to talk face-to-face. They have since, and while Renney still declined to discuss what was lacking in Ward’s game of late, he downplayed any lingering friction.
“It’s inevitable that we were goign to meet on it,” the coach said. “The fact of the matter is as I was going through my day yesterday he came to me before I got to him, but certainly the discussion was going to be had. He’s a good pro, a good man, and he wants to contribute. So we shared with each other what he can do to get him going on a regular basis. Because he’s a good player for us.”
Of course, moments later, Ward emerged from the dressing room with a hockey stick over his head, and the two men had to be restrained.
OK, that was me making stuff up…
Some other tidbits:
Translation: don’t lose.